Pyromania Announced!

We are delighted to announce our Pyromania playwrights for 2017 are Amy Conway and Maryam Himidi!

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity. It feels like a real luxury to be given the resources and support to develop myself as a playwright. The prospect of developing a script under David's mentorship is very exciting." - Amy Conway

"I'm excited to get started and I'm delighted to have David Leddy and Fire Exit's mentorship as I navigate a bold experiment in my play writing style." - Maryam Himidi

Amy and Maryam will each receive:

  • A £1000 cash bursary.

  • Between 6-8 mentoring meetings over the course of a year with David Leddy.

  • A rehearsed reading of the script at the end of year with a professional cast (scheduled to take place at Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto, May 2018).

More information on Pyromania available here.

Pyromania is a Fire Exit programme with Tron Theatre and support from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Funded by The Bridge Awards and Creative Scotland.

PYROMANIA LAUNCHED!

Pyromania open for applications.

Pyromania is a new bursary programme created by Fire Exit to support playwrights based in Scotland to develop their skills in experimental writing. Designed for writers at any stage in their career, Pyromania aims to help create truly innovative text for contemporary theatre.

Each playwright selected will receive:

  • A £1000 cash bursary.

  • Between 6-8 mentoring meetings over the course of a year with David Leddy.

  • A rehearsed reading of the script at the end of year with a professional cast (scheduled to take place at Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto, May 2018).

Deadline for applications is 31st January 2017.

More information on Pyromania available here.

Pyromania is a Fire Exit programme with Tron Theatre and support from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Funded by The Bridge Awards and Creative Scotland.

Coriolanus Vanishes

Chris has just experienced three deaths, one after another. He’s in prison awaiting trial. But he can’t quite remember why.

The world premier of David Leddy's new play, Coriolanus Vanishes will premiere at Tron Theatre, Glasgow 14-22 April 2017.

Produced by Fire Exit in co-production with Tron Theatre.

Premiering at Tron Theatre.

Full info, dates and tickets here

THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE TOUR

September and October 2016

The Course of True Love TOURING SCOTLAND

Following sell-out success at Glasgow's legendary A Play, A Pie and A Pint, comes this playful and heart-warming new production from a multi-award winning ‘Star Scottish playwright’ (Metro). The Course of True Love comes from writer and director David Leddy, who has been called a ‘genius’ (Scotsman), an ‘innovator’ (Times) and an ‘institution’ (Independent).

Celia and Oliver are in the world’s most expensive hotel, drunk on the world’s most expensive champagne. They have thirty minutes to make up their minds about a risky political proposal that could tear their lives apart. Will they find the courage to reveal their true feelings and speak truth to power?

Read more and book tickets here

RECRUITING: BOARD

Fire Exit is seeking an Accountant to join its Board of Directors.

Fire Exit presents multi-award-winning theatre across Scotland and internationally, led by artistic director David Leddy ‘leading theatrical innovator’ (The Times) who writes and directs the work. The company is entering a new work phase in its development after securing regular funding from Creative Scotland for its 2015-18 programme.

This is a voluntary position; however reasonable travel expenses can be covered.

Time commitment
It is expected that the full board will meet in Glasgow for 2-3 hours no more than 4 times per year. Board documents are sent approximately seven days in advance of these meetings and are comprised of roughly 10+ pages of information for review/discussion. On occasion, board members would need to be available between meetings via phone/email to discuss any urgent matters.

Application
If you would like to apply for the position please download an information pack here and email your application to Viviane Hullin, General Manager, admin (at) davidleddy.com

KINDLE

INTERNATIONAL WATERS by David Leddy

Now available to buy!

Paperback £9.99 + P&P
Kindle £6.99
First edition, 2016.
Published and sold by Fire Exit Limited via Amazon.

This is the first Kindle book Fire Exit has published.

CHARITABLE STATUS

We are delighted to announce that Fire Exit Ltd is now a charity and has been entered in the Scottish Charity Register as of 27th October 2015. Our charity number is SC046082.

Our charitable purpose is the advancement of the arts.

Our charitable objectives are to advance the education of the public in the arts with particular but not exclusive reference to the dramatic, performing and visual arts.

NOW OPEN

No refugee crisis ever looked so chic, darling.

The world premier of David Leddy's new play, International Waters is now open, touring until 8th April 2016.

Produced by Fire Exit in co-production with Tron Theatre.

Premiering at Tron Theatre; touring to Traverse Theatre, Lemon Tree and Macrobert Arts Centre

Full info, dates and tickets here

A PLAY, A PIE & A PINT

David Leddy's new play, The Course of True Love, has been commissioned and produced by A Play, A Pie, A Pint, produced in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts, and developed in association with Fire Exit. Directed by Joe Douglas, starring Louise Ludgate & Mark Prendergast

Dates and tickets
17-21 November 2015
The Lemon Tree
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

23-28 November 2015
Oran Mor
www.playpiepint.com

An everyday tale of caution, courage and Cleo Laine.

Celia and Oliver are in the world’s most expensive hotel, drunk on the world’s most expensive champagne. It’s not good. They have thirty minutes to make up their minds about a risky proposal that could tear their lives apart. A powerful politician waits downstairs for their decision. Will they retreat to the daily disillusionment of running a failing charity? Or will they find the courage to reveal their true feelings and speak truth to power?

TRON 100 WORKSHOP

Smashed To Pieces In The Still Of The Night

David will be running a practical workshop on experimental performance with the Tron 100 on Wednesday 16th September.

How do we break the rules, but keep the traditions? How do we smash up stories then radically reassemble them? The participants will create concepts for new projects using questions and provocations that help them weave together contrasting ideas, styles and artforms in original ways.

www.tron.co.uk

CULTURA INGLESA FESTIVAL

After excellent press and media coverage, City of the Blind and Horizontal Collaboration will be part of the Cultura Inglesa Festival in São Paulo, Brazil.

CITY OF THE BLIND
4 - 21 June 2015
Cultura Inglesa Festival
culturainglesasp.com

HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION
8 - 9 June 2015
Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena
culturainglesasp.com

GREEN ARTS INITIATIVE

Fire Exit is now a member of Creative Carbon Scotland's Green Arts Initiative.

Committed to becoming greener, improving monitoring and management of the company's environmental impacts each year.

creativecarbonscotland.com

KNIFE UK SPRING TOUR

February and March 2015

Long Live The Little Knife TOURING UK

From multi-award-winning ‘theatrical maverick’ (Sunday Times), and ‘site-specific genius’ (Scotsman) David Leddy presents uplifting caper about forgery, castration and drunkenness. The show is back for a fourth time following sell-out success across the country.

Liz and Jim are small-time con artists who need £250,000 fast. They decide to become the world’s greatest counterfeiters. There’s only one problem. They can’t paint.

Developed with support from Royal Shakespeare Company and British Museum.

HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION IN LANCASTER

After its success at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Horizontal Collaboration will be presented by Live at LICA at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Friday 24 October 2014
8pm (60 mins)

Tickets: 01524 598500
Book online: www.liveatlica.org
Discounted '24 Web Saver' rates available

Post show talk back with David Leddy.

EDINBURGH TICKETS ON SALE

June 2014

TWO NEW SHOWS FOR 2014: HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION AND CITY OF THE BLIND

Tickets on sale from 10am on Wednesday 4 June for the premiere of Horizontal Collaboration at the Traverse Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe. It's an intense live drama where sex, power and politics collide with emotion, seduction and destruction.

City of the Blind is an epic political thriller available online via smartphone or tablet from 1 August 2014.

Read more on Horizontal Collaboration here. Read more on City of the Blind here

Book tickets for Horizontal Collaboration at www.traverse.co.uk

KNIFE LIVE STREAMS TONIGHT

May 2014

David Leddy's Long Live The Little Knife will live stream tonight, Thursday 14 May from Brighton Festival.

You can watch the live stream at new.livestream.com/brightondome/LongLivetheLittleKnife

There are a handful of tickets left for each of the live shows (if you're in or around Brighton):

Wed 14 May, 7:30pm
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Tickets: £15
01273 709709
www.brightonfestival.org

Thu 15 May, 7:30pm
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Tickets: £15
01273 709709
www.brightonfestival.org

KNIFE AWARD NOMINATION

May 2014

David Leddy's "Long Live The Little Knife" has been nominated for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014.

The play, originally commissioned and presented by Fire Exit at Film City, Glasgow is one of fourteen plays nominated chosen from 180 plays worldwide.

See the full list, here.

ENGLISH TOUR MAY 2014

May 2014

After a sold out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received fifteen four star reviews, Long Live The Little Knife is back touring Norfolk, Norwich & Brighton in May 2014.

9 - 13 May
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
www.nnfestival.org.uk

14 - 15 May
Brighton Festival
www.brightonfestival.org

SUSURRUS IN MEXICO

October 2013

Susurrus continues its world tour this month with presentations in Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico.

14 - 20 October 2013
Cervantino Internacional Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico
www.festivalcervantino.gob.mx

19 - 25 October 2013
Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico City
www.fonotecanacional.gob.mx

EDINBURGH PRESS

August 2013

Long Live The Little Knife has opened at the Traverse Theatre for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 and the reviews are in:

★★★★ "Dazzling... hugely enjoyable" The Guardian
★★★★ “Brilliant… coup de théâtre.” The Scotsman
★★★★ “Perceptive… penetrating…” The Herald
★★★★ "Dazzling... vitality" The Times
★★★★ "Uplifting... triumph" Fest Magazine
★★★★ "Great... funny... profound." TV Bomb
★★★★ "Sharp ideas... relentlessly bright" The List

Some tickets are available at www.traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 1404

KNIFE TICKETS ON SALE

June 2013

Tickets are now on sale for Long Live The Little Knife in the Traverse Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe. It's a dynamic, absurd and uplifting piece about forgery, castration and blind drunkenness.

Read more here.
Watch the trailer here.

Book tickets at www.traverse.co.uk
or www.edfringe.com.

SUSURRUS IN BRAZIL

April 2013

After excellent press and media coverage, our latest run of Susurrus in Brazil has been extended due to popular demand.

Susurrus opened at Instituto Inhotim, a museum and contemporary art gallery set in a sprawling botanical garden in Brumadinho, Brazil. The piece will run throughout March and April.

David talks about Susurrus at Inhotim HERE.

Whilst he was in Brazil, David also lead a workshop with Grupo Espanca in Belo Horizonte and a three-day writing masterclass for the Nucleo De Dramaturgia in São Paulo.

Knife premiere success

February 2013

The sold-out premiere of our new piece Long Live The Little Knife has been a great success. The show got wonderful audience feedback and fantastic reviews.

“Fantastic… Brilliant… Coup de théâtre.”
★★★★ The Scotsman
“Perceptive… Penetrating… What a story.”
★★★★ The Herald

Read more about the show here.
Watch the trailer here.

THIN AIR at British Museum

November 2012

David has been developing a piece for the Royal Shakespeare Company that will be presented at the British Museum Reading Room. Thin Air has been created to respond to exhibits within the British Museum’s exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World which runs until 25 November as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the RSC for London 2012.